Research Centers

Centre for Biomedical Image Analysis
The Centre for Biomedical Image Analysis focuses on the development of methods for the processing of biomedical image data acquired using optical microscopy. The following topics are covered: image acquisition, aberration correction, image pre-processing, image registration, image segmentation, object reconstruction and object tracking in time-lapse imaging. Special attention is paid to the studies of spatial structure and function of cell and its components.

Centre for Natural Language Processing
The newly established Centre for Natural Language Processing covers both theoretical and applied research in the following areas:
1. Investigating all levels constituting the structure of a natural language, i.e. morphology, syntax and semantics. In particular, we deal with written texts, corpora and development of corpus management tools, electronic lexical databases.
2. The research is closely related to the issues studied also in field of Artificial Intelligence, such as semantic representation of natural language expressions; semantic web, ontologies, knowledge representation and reasoning.
3. The ongoing research is also concentrated on synthesis and recognition of speech (mainly spoken Czech), on dialog representation and management and on applications of machine learning techniques that can be used to disambiguate corpus data.
At the same time the research objectives of the Centre are aimed at the training undergraduate and postgraduate students in the framework of the new interdisciplinary paradigm that has been named "language engineering".

Highly Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems
Highly Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems The main goal of this research intent is to explore in depth how to effectively build and use large, scalable, complex, highly-reliable, and secure concurrent systems and how to make use of the computation and communication potential of large, distributed (also geographically), and parallel systems of heterogeneous computational resources, especially of the so called Grids. Another scientific goal is to design algorithms and automated systems for biomedical data processing using Grids.

Institute for Theoretical Computer Science
Institute for Theoretical Computer Science The subject of the research activities of the institute is methods, algorithms, and structures of theoretical computer science, and their applications in information technologies. The institute involves some of the key figures of Czech mathematics and computer sciences, and integrates several established research groups into one body. Students are encouraged to participate in the research programme of the institute already during their masters' programme. The institute cooperates with leading industrial companies, which can influence current research priorities and help to evaluate the practical impact of new results.

Center for Large-Scale Multi-Modal Data Interpretation
The center aims at exploiting large collections of unlabeled multi-modal data, mainly video footage, to further state-of-the-art in video, audio and natural language understanding, interpretation, annotation and retrieval by combining unsupervised and semi-supervised learning. It addresses problems that are very difficult (some probably impossible) to solve in a single modality by adopting an interdisciplinary approach. For efficient processing of large data collections appearing in all modalities, we also concern generic problems of organization, indexing, and searching based on similarity that is fundamental for building real-life applications.

Responsible contact: Ing. Dana Komárková